After running an intensive survey between hiring managers, recruiters, and HR professionals, AOL Jobs put together this extensive list of interview questions Hiring Managers are most likely to ask.
1. What is your greatest weakness?
“An impressive and confident response shows that the candidate has prepared for the question, has done serious self-reflection and can admit responsibility and accept constructive criticism. Sincerely give an honest answer (but don’t say too much), be confident in the fact that this weakness does not make you any less of a great candidate, and show that you are working on this weakness and tell me how”. — Joey Price, HR specialist and founder of Push Consultant Group, LLC.
2. Why do you want to work here?
“It helps me instantly find out if the applicant has done any research on the company and if they will take as much pride in their job as I do.” — Jordan Cherrington, Fuel Mileage
3. Tell me about the last spontaneous thing that you did in any facet of your life.
“I look for an unusual response with something fun, like a last-minute trip or driving to Atlantic City at 11 o’clock at night. Something that shows me the person has some personality to react positively in different (and crazy) situations that oftentimes occur in our line of work.” –Alan Klug, Baltimore franchise owner.
4. If you could change one thing in your current position or company, what would that be?
“The question can reveal a lot of information, including the real reason the applicant is looking to make a change, what’s important to them in their next position, whether they are really motivated to make a move and whether or not their expectations are realistic.” — Sue Sattler, president, Talent Network Group
5. Tell me about yourself.
“I just let them go on as long as they can. A good interviewee will have a 60-second commercial that clearly demonstrates why they are the best person for the job.” — John Paul Engel, author, Project Be the Change
6. Tell me what you would like me to know about you.
“With this question alone, I am able to discern what is most important to the candidate, what their hobbies and interests are, their communication skills, their sense (or lack of) humor, their presentation comfort level, their educational background, their grasp of what the position entails, and their work style.” — Lynda Cook Sawyer, executive director of PreparedKids.com.
7. What are you currently reading?
“I have found in nearly 30 years of experience, those who read are stronger employees, more creative and can be more objective.” — Jennifer Ryan, certified professional organizer.